A1 Team Brazil will begin tomorrow's Sprint race from the sixth row and the Feature row on the fifth row after Felipe Guimaraes qualified in 12th and tenth places respectively at the Chengdu International Circuit in China for round two of the A1GP...
A1 Team Brazil will begin tomorrow's Sprint race from the sixth row and the Feature row on the fifth row after Felipe Guimaraes qualified in 12th and tenth places respectively at the Chengdu International Circuit in China for round two of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.
The team got the day underway with one final hour of practice ahead of the afternoon qualifying sessions. Temperatures were cooler than yesterday and conditions were overcast, although there was no rain. Felipe completed a useful 33 laps of testing during the session, which aimed to correct a few set-up issues that were discovered yesterday and get prepared for qualifying. He consistently improved his times through the session and posted the seventh fastest time just after the half-way mark with a time of 1:16.607. Several red flags and other drivers spinning disrupted the second half of the practice, and Felipe finished up tenth fastest, six tenths of a second behind session leaders Netherlands, who had new driver Robert Doornbos at the wheel.
In qualifying for the sprint race, a tyre pressure problem meant the young Brazilian finished 12th fastest overall after the first segment. The team aimed to improve this in segment two, however this was cancelled after Italy's Edoardo Piscopo had an accident on his in lap, which caused a delay to the programme while the car was recovered.
Felipe put in a strong lap in segment one of Feature race qualifying, setting a time of 1:15.325, putting him in provisional seventh place. However, the team made a set-up change in the break before the final segment to try to cure some understeer, which unfortunately caused severe oversteer, and Felipe could not improve on his lap, qualifying overall in tenth place.
Felipe Guimaraes: "This was the first time I've done one-lap qualifying and it is difficult as you have to have the set-up right and have a perfect lap. Unfortunately in the first sprint qualifying we had a problem with our tyre pressures, which were far too low, and there was no grip. Because the second was cancelled we didn't get the chance to improve our position for the sprint race. We fixed the tyre pressures for the first feature qualifying, immediately gained a second and the lap was quite good. We had a little bit of understeer on the high speed corner, which we tried to change for the final session but it caused bad oversteer so we lost the lap. If the car had been good I am confident we would have been P5 or P6. The track here is going to be difficult to overtake on so it's better to be starting at the front but we will see what we can do tomorrow."
Sprint Race Qualifying
1. Ireland 1:15.423
2. Netherlands +0.069
3. Switzerland +0.260
12. Brazil +0.608
Feature Race Qualifying
1. Great Britain 1:15.325
2. Ireland +0.031
3. Portugal +0.075
10. Brazil +1.078
Brazil - Free Practice 3
Laps: 33 Position: 10th Fastest Lap: 1:16.607 (+0.608)